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First of all, I think that discussing political implications of the hurricane is crass.
But since it’s been started by more important players than me, I’ll play:
For all the claims by Fowler and Michael More that God is on the Dems side, I believe it will be McCain/Palin benefiting from the weather fallout.
Just look at the lineup Gustav preempted from TV:
ST. PAUL, MINN.–What was to have been the Monday GOP convention line-up…
President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard B. Cheney
First Lady Laura Bush
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)
Not having those reminders of failure in our living rooms? Priceless!
Plus McCain is handling the events pretty well – visiting the affected areas and declaring
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, ordering the cancellation of all but essential opening-day activities as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans.
“This is a time when we have to do away with our party politics and we have to act as Americans,” he said as fellow Republicans converged on their convention city to nominate him for the White House.
Obama OTOH managed to make it about himself somehow again:
“I think we can activate an e-mail list of a couple of million people who want to give back,” he said.
Are we lucky or what?
His Holiness might even drag himself to the affected areas, but only
if it becomes clear that his presence won’t drain much-needed local and state resources.
Be still my heart! Is he taking the temple with him?
And it’s confirmed
Opening Day Is Abbreviated; Bush, Cheney Won’t Appear
Rich Galen, another veteran GOP operative, said McCain is already benefiting from the choice of Palin, which is going over well with the party faithful, and had little to gain from four full days of speeches. “From the purely political standpoint, this gives Republicans an opportunity to demonstrate to people that they have common sense,” he said. “If in fact people are going to suffer horrors, we are not going to be up here in funny hats, dancing and making it like nothing is going on.”
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican officials say their radically curtailed convention offers a big political opportunity for the party to redeem itself on the competence issue — and for John McCain to step out of President Bush’s shadow once and for all.
The storm could paralyze Democratic efforts to hit McCain on several fronts.
“The contrast between McCain’s responsibility and the fanatical followers in the temple of the Lord Obama won’t be lost on everyday husbands and wives trying to meet their own responsibilities,” a Republican official said.
I remember when Bush said that Bill Clinton was responsible for the conflicts in the Middle east as “he raised expectations”. Miraculously, he was told how stupid that was, so he blamed Ari Fleischer for it.
Only to personally blurt it again.
I learned that its the difference between leaders and petulant egomaniacs who grab power: the ability to take responsibility for their actions, possible mistakes.
So, in the midst of all the adulation I was happy to see Politico do this piece: Obama vs his staff
as this is just one more reason Obama is Jr.Jr to me.
Several examples are given. few of them, are related to blaming Clinton
When confronted about a campaign memo during the primary that criticized Clinton’s ties to India, referring to her as “D-Punjab,” Obama called it “a screw-up on the part of our research team” and said “it was stupid and caustic.”
And when the late Tim Russert asked Obama at a Las Vegas debate about his campaign’s efforts to push the storyline that Team Clinton was stoking racial tensions, Obama said “our supporters, our staff, get overzealous. They start saying things that I would not say.”
And we know, that just like Bush, he eventually blurted those things himself, again, after denouncing them on the campaign trail.
And then it was this eerie reminder:
And at the Las Vegas debate, Obama said he relies on his staff to neutralize his disorganization, which he said was his greatest weakness.
“I ask my staff never to hand me paper until two seconds before I need it, because I will lose it,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience. “I’ve got to have somebody around me who is keeping track of that stuff. And that’s not trivial; I need to have good people in place who can make sure that systems run. That’s what I’ve always done, and that’s why we run not only a good campaign but a good U.S. Senate office.”
I could think of many other examples beyond the many quoted in the article. the famous “bitter” remark was not just an accusation of racism, but in fact blaming voters for not being his. The list is endless, and it’s a big reason I will never vote for this candidate. 8 years of this style was enough.
So excuse me if I don’t buy the meme that McCain is the third term of Bush. The shoe is on the other foot.
Now, here’s another one they are against – but trust me, they do love women!
The legacy of Geraldine Ferraro was supposed to be that no one would ever go on a blind date with history again.
and ends with
“The P.T.A. is great preparation for dealing with the K.G.B.,” President Palin murmurs to Todd, as they kiss in the final scene while she changes Trig’s diaper. “Now that Georgia’s safe, how ’bout I cook you up some caribou hot dogs and moose stew for dinner, babe?”
Quite remarkably, she went through a whole anti-women column without mentioning Hillary…
Suddenly a governor experience for VP is less than no experience on top pf the ticket…Silly me, I didn’t consider the wisdom of the penis which makes the need for a resume irrelevant
And of course Obama campaign is rattled, – see that too the media is back to “women back in the kitchen” mode and the Oborg is knowingly concocting disgusting falsehoods (now debunked) on Palin and abusing the potential voters even more.
And to think they almost got away with it the first time!
Those campaign memos were released. Forget the fact that they only showed Hillary chose to take the high road, over the advice of some. The meme was emerging and was flaunted by all – from M0Do to 0borg:
She didn’t “lose” because of the sexism. There was never any sexism. She “lost” because she ran a poor campaign. (0bama loves doing this – he dedicated pages in his book to Keyes running a poor campaign)
But they do love the women! Just not any woman who may be in a position of power.
But it’s all worth it! because after all, we get this guy
..Updating with Kristen Powers excellent editorial
A BRILLIANT TRAP MAKES DEMS THE MALE CHAUVINISTS
One Obama supporter and political operative blogged, “In picking an unknown, untested half-a-term governor from Alaska . . . John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen.”
I can’t help wondering if this is a trap. The McCain camp watched and learned as Obama supporters offended Hillary supporters by their treatment of her. The McCainiacs had to know that this group is incapable of behaving, that Palin would bring out their worst instincts.
One top Republican said to me: “Just wait until she is debating Joe Biden and he starts attacking or condescending to her. Hillary voters are going to say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember this.’ “
McClatchy reports this for show concern:
“We’re praying for New Orleans,” Obama said.
Biden said the state and federal government seems “much, much, much more prepared” for this storm than Hurricane Katrina.
Even so, he said, “Say a prayer it doesn’t hit. They’ve had enough.”
It would all be very nice and, oh so godly, if not undercut by these guys
here’s Donnie ‘get over it” Fowler giggling about a hurricane hitting during the GOP convention and being proof that “God is on our side”.
He better hope no one dies in this funny, funny circumstance
This hurricane is proof that there is a god in heaven
So, are they all prayng to the same God? Or is Obama it? Will those people be spared now or feel the wrath of the DNC?
Fowler appologizes – sorta
How cann one not forgive this:
“One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.”
“Were you in it for me?” Hillary famously asked in her excellent speech in Denver
“Nooooo!” I yelled from my living room
I have became a supporter after months of being a defender from the hysterical CDS unleashed by the media and the DNC. I had come there from way left – having been an anti-war activist when this race started.
I voted against Hillary in the Senate primary in 2006.
The last time I felt a candidate represented me was in 2004 with Wes Clark.
This time, I felt some of my ideals were well championed by Hillary. But more strongly, she was fighting the dark forces minion.
I had waited to see: will the media switch sides once Hillary was out? Was this a ploy to get the weaker opponent? So far, the answer seems to be “no”
The same people who brought us W and the war with Iraq are now pushing Obama. let’s ponder on this a bit:
Bush. War in Iraq. Obama.
The same people behind all these.
The Palin induced panic in the Obama camp sent the Oborg flying into our venues. There were of course insults. There were presumptions by those pretending to be “us” “this is insulting to “us”
There were questions: why are you doing this??? Is it spite? revenge?
So, this is my answer – and while our decisions are made individually, I know it reflects our PUMAs as well.
We will fight Obama in every way we can first and foremost because he stole this election.
Special rules, fraud at caucuses, RBC, sham roll call in Denver – more ways than Bush used to steal 2 elections. Like Bush, he was
Selected not elected
To throw our vote to a vote thief would be self destructive and legitimizing a crime.
Furthermore, his stands - or rather lack of them , his brown shirt/mob methods, his supporters make him in my mind far more dangerous than anything the far right can unleash can be.
I don’t care how much he copies from the Clintons in his speeches, if that would be his agenda, the media would not build him up.
So, I am a PUMA. I am protesting this election. I don’t know where my vote will end up going, but I will do my best to make sure Obama doesn’t win. I am not a Republican – I can never be – as they stole elections too.
My long term goal is to try to make sure elections do not get stolen in the future.
By any party.